Alcohol can be sold from on-trade venues during lockdown

Robyn Black

Robyn Black

04 November 2020

Newly published lockdown regulations say alcohol can be sold as takeaway or delivery if it is pre-ordered by phone or online

Despite the initial advice stating that bars, pubs and restaurants would not be allowed to sell alcoholic drinks during England’s second lockdown due to start tomorrow (Thursday 5 November), new rules have been published which state they can.

The shift in stance from the government will provide a lifeline for many beleaguered businesses during this second month-long lockdown.

The clarification was welcomed by the trade, including the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). National Chairman Nik Antona said: ‘I am delighted that the government has listened to the concerns of thousands of CAMRA members, concerned pub-goers, and beer lovers who have e-mailed their MPs in the last 48 hours urging the Government to allow pubs and breweries to sell alcohol as takeaway during the second lockdown.

‘This is a vital lifeline for local pubs and breweries across England over the coming four weeks, giving them a lifeline of income and allowing people to support local businesses.’

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